The Starting Five: Best MLB Players That Played College Basketball

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Source: Gregory Shamus/Getty Images Sport

3. Kenny Lofton – University of Arizona
Before Kenny Lofton was a Golden Glove winner, and hitting, and base stealing machine, he was a basketball player for the University of Arizona Wildcats. Originally, Lofton was offered a scholarship to the Arizona for basketball, not baseball. While at Arizona, Lofton was the backup point guard to Steve Kerr. Lute Olsen was quoted saying “He’s quick and a great leaper.” Before he even became a member of the team, on a visit to UofA, Lofton did a 360-dunk because the team members didn’t believe that he could. Lofton didn’t even get recruited for baseball, he decided to try out for the Wildcats baseball team his junior year of college, and made the team. Here’s the kicker though; he was used strictly as a pinch-runner, so Lofton only appeared in five games with the baseball team, and had just one at-bat. Scouts from the Houston Astros liked what they had seen, and decided he was worth drafting.

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